Ruby Valley Trek | Ganesh Himal

10 Days

Ruby Valley Trek is a recently opened trek near Kathmandu. The Ruby Valley lies between the Manaslu Conservation Area and Langtang National Park. The Valley is known as the Ruby Valley because the Ganesh Himal region, where you will be trekking contains deposits of gemstone ruby.
The Ruby Valley Trek is an interesting trek, as the trail is filled with dense forest, with rhododendron pine and oak trees. Enjoy the panoramic view of the snow-covered

Mountains including Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Manaslu. This region is almost entirely inhabited by the Tamangs and Gurungs who predominantly practice Buddhism as their primary religion. The cultures and traditions of these communities are fascinating as we will get to know about their lifestyle. In addition to its rich cultural heritage, Nepal offers breathtaking vistas of majestic mountains, including Ganesh Himal (7,422m), Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Boudha Himal (6,692m), and a multitude of other awe-inspiring peaks.

Embarking on this remarkable journey commences with a lengthy seven to nine-hour drive from Kathmandu, tracing the path alongside the picturesque Trishuli River. Our expedition takes off from Syabrubensi, aptly recognized as the gateway to the Langtang Valley, serving as our initial destination en route to Gatlang. Already at this stage, the unmistakable Buddhist influence of the Tamang and Gurung communities becomes apparent, enriching our cultural immersion.

The mountain range of Ruby Valley trek

Mountain range of ganesh himal, langtang and manalsu can be seen from top to Chandragiri. which range is located inside ruby valley trek.

Progressing further, we traverse toward Somdang, where the landscape unfolds in all its glory, revealing a tapestry of terrains, lush meadows, and captivating vistas. Our ascent culminates with the exhilarating traverse through the awe-inspiring Pangsang Pass, standing proudly at an elevation of 3,842 meters (12,604 feet). Venturing through enchanting rhododendron forests, we eventually arrive at the charming Tamang settlement of Tipling village (2,087m), cocooned by Buddhist monasteries and adorned with fluttering prayer flags.

Our expedition then leads us to Chalish Gaon, a place where we pause for a day of acclimatization and exploration. Chalish is renowned for its sacred natural hot spring, and we have the privilege of witnessing a traditional cultural performance by the local inhabitants, adding a delightful cultural dimension to our adventure.

Following an eventful evening in Chalish, we continue our trek to Borang, traversing numerous suspension bridges, encountering enchanting waterfalls, and navigating through striking gorges, culminating our journey at Dundre Khola. The subsequent day heralds our return journey to Kathmandu via convenient transportation. This uncharted trekking route offers a unique opportunity to explore the remote corners of Nepal, promising an enriching experience for intrepid travelers.

Best Seasons for the Ruby Valley Trek

The Ruby Valley Trek in Nepal is best enjoyed during the following seasons:

Spring(March to May)– Spring is one of the most popular times for trekking in the Ruby Valley. The stable weather conditions, excellent visibility, and moderate temperatures make spring a suitable season for trekking. The flowers and forests bloom, creating a colorful and picturesque landscape.

Autumn(September to November)– Autumn is another season that is considered ideal for the Ruby Valley Trek. The weather is generally clear and dry, offering stunning views of the mountains. The clear skies and comfortable temperatures, make it an excellent season for trekking.

Permits Required for Ruby Valley Trek

To embark on Ruby Valley Trek, trekkers need a TIMS card and a Langtang National Park entrance permit.

TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card: The TIMS card serves as an invaluable document that not only ensures your safety but also helps in monitoring and facilitating trekkers in the region.

Langtang National Park Entrance Permit: As you venture deeper into the enchanting Langtang National Park, this permit is your key to unlocking the natural treasures within. Our dedicated team will take care of obtaining this permit, allowing you to focus solely on relishing the awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural encounters along the way.

Outline Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival In Kathmandu
DAY 2: Kathmandu-Syabrubesi (1,420m/4,655ft)
DAY 3: Syabrubensi-Gatlang (2,240m/7,355ft)
DAY 4: Gatlang-Somdang (3,270m/10,765ft)
DAY 5: Somdang-Tipling (1,875m/6,190ft) via Pangsang Kharka Pass (3,845m/12,645ft)
DAY 6: Tipling-Chalish Gaon (1,800m/5,960ft)
DAY 7: Acclimatization Day at Chalish Gaon
DAY 8: Chalish-Borang (1,700m/2,296ft) drive to Dhading Besi (580m/1,902ft)
DAY 9: Dhading Besi-Kathmandu (1,310m/4,323ft)
DAY 10: Departure

  • 3,845 meters (12,645 feet)
  • March-May/September-November
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Hotel & tea house/lodge
  • Private Vehicle
  • All meals during the trek
  • Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Gatlang-Somdang-Tipling-Chalish Gaon-Borang-Dhading Besi- Kathmandu


The Ruby Valley Trek offers an enchanting journey through the heart of Nepal’s picturesque landscapes and traditional Tamang and Gurung communities. Commencing with your arrival in Kathmandu, the trek takes you on an exhilarating adventure that spans over 10 days. Starting from Syabrubensi, you’ll gradually ascend to Gatlang, where the cultural tapestry of the region begins to unfold. As you progress, you’ll reach the charming Somdang, perched at an altitude of 3,270 meters, and then make your way to Tipling via the breathtaking Pangsang Kharka Pass. The journey continues through the rustic beauty of Chalish Gaon, where you’ll take a day to acclimatize and experience the local culture. Afterward, a drive to Dhading Besi marks the final leg of the trek, offering a glimpse of diverse landscapes. Finally, you’ll return to Kathmandu, with cherished memories of the Ruby Valley’s stunning vistas, warm hospitality, and cultural richness. This trek encapsulates the essence of Nepal’s natural beauty and cultural heritage, making it an unforgettable experience for adventurous souls.


  • Encounter traditional Tamang and Gurung villages along the trail.
  • Challenging ascent to Pangsang Kharka Pass, which lies at an altitude of 3,845 meters/12,645ft.
  • Visit Tipling, a picturesque Tamang village with Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags.
  • Experience the sacred hot spring in Chalish Gaon.
  • Ruby mines in the mountains.


Day 1:
Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu Airport, our representative from Himalayan 360 will greet you and escort you to your hotel. Check into the hotel after completing all the procedures and relax. You can venture out in the streets for a stroll in the evening.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2:
Kathmandu-Syabrubesi (1,503m/4,945 ft)

Today, you will start your Ruby Valley journey after your breakfast. Take a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. We will drive into Langtang National Park where we will complete the registration process to secure our trek permits. This scenic drive will take you through Trishuli Bazaar, Ramche Gaon, and Dhunche. The road to Syabrubesi is a bit narrow and rocky, but the captivating landscapes will leave you in awe. Reaching Syabrubesi, we will relax and prepare for our next day’s trek.
Overnight stay in Syabrubesi
Drive Duration: 7-9 hrs.
Drive Distance: 122km/75.8miles

Day 3:
Syabrubesi-Gatlang (2,337m/7,690ft) via Chawatar

Our trek today, will lead us to a small Tamang village called Gatlang. We traverse a meandering and narrow trail that leads us to the enchanting Bahun Dada Pass, and a descent will bring us to Gatlang. Along the way, we pause at Chawatar for lunch and then continue our trek. Reaching Gatlang, we will be accompanied by the Tamang people.
Overnight stay in Gatlang
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs.
Highest Altitude: 2337m/7690ft

Day 4:
Gatlang-Somdang (3271m/10,760ft)

Today, we will hike from Gatlang to Parvati Kunda, a natural lake named after the Hindu Goddess Parvati. As we trek further, you will notice decrease in settlements. We will continue our trek through the lush pine and rhododendron forest. Reaching Yuri Kharka, we will stop for a hearty meal and continue towards Somdang.
Overnight stay in Somdang
Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs.
Highest Altitude: 3,271m/10,760ft

Day 5:
Somdang-Tipling (2,078m/6,835ft) via Pangsang Pass (3,842m/12,604ft)

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, today we will head southwest of Somdang Village to reach Pangsang Kharka. From Pangsang Kharka, you will get to witness the panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. Following the trail, we will descend to Laptung village, through dense forests until we reach Tipling.
Overnight stay in Tipling
Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs.
Highest Altitude: 3,842m/12,604ft

Day 6:
Tipling-Chalish Gaon (1,800m/5,960ft)

Our trek today, will be a shorter and a relaxing one as we trek our way through the villages of Shertung and Chalish Gaon. We descend through a jungle crossing a tributary and finally reach Chalish Gaon which has a picturesque setting. The Gurungs, Tamangs and Dalits inhabit the Shertung village and Chalish Gaon.
Overnight stay in Chalish Gaon
Trek Duration: 2 hrs.
Highest Altitude: 2,078m/6,835ft

Day 7:
Acclimatization Day in Chalish Gaon

Day 7 finds us in the peaceful haven of Chalish Gaon, a crucial acclimatization day on our Ruby Valley Trek. Surrounded by the Himalayan foothills, this serene village allows us to adapt to the changing altitudes and explore the local culture. Chalish Gaon boasts a natural hot spring for relaxation, and in the evening, the hospitable locals treat us to a captivating traditional cultural performance, offering a glimpse into their way of life. This rest day revitalizes us physically and culturally, preparing us for the upcoming adventures.

Day 8:
Chalish Gaon-Borang (1,700m/2,296ft) drive to Dhading Besi (580m/1,902ft)

Today is the final day of your trek in the Ruby Valley, before you return to Kathmandu. After a healthy breakfast, we will trek to Borang village and then descend to Lishne Khola. Reaching Borang, we will take a drive to Dhading Besi.
Overnight stay in Dhading Besi
Trek Duration: 2-3 hrs.
Drive Duration: 4-5 hrs.
Highest Altitude: 1,800m/5,960ft

Day 9:
Dhading Besi-Kathmandu (1,310m/4,323ft)

Today, we bid farewell to the scenic landscapes of Dhading Besi and make our way back to the bustling city of Kathmandu. As we descend from the higher altitudes, the transition from the rustic beauty of the trekking trail to the urban vibrancy of Nepal’s capital is both fascinating and reflective. Our return journey offers time to contemplate the memories we’ve created amidst the natural wonders and cultural treasures of the Ruby Valley. The welcoming embrace of Kathmandu, with its rich history and vibrant atmosphere, awaits our arrival.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu
Drive Duration: 4-5 hrs.

Day 10:

Day 10 marks the bittersweet moment of departure from the enchanting realm of Nepal. With hearts enriched by the memories of the Ruby Valley Trek, we bid adieu to this remarkable land of towering peaks and warm hospitality. As we head to the airport for our onward journey, we carry with us not just the photographs of majestic mountains and vibrant cultures, but also the enduring spirit of adventure and camaraderie forged on this unforgettable trek.


Cost Includes

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Kathmandu(Bed & Breakfast)
  • All meals during the trek
  • Professional English speaking trekking guide and porters(2 trekkers=1 porter).
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Langtang National Park entry permit fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Dinner and lunch in Kathmandu
  • All personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities for guide and porters
  • Additional costs and emergency costs


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What is the maximum elevation reached during the Ruby Valley Trek?

The highest point of the Ruby Valley Trek is the Pangsang Kharka Pass, which stands at an elevation of 3,845 meters (12,645 feet). Adequate acclimatization is essential to tackle this altitude safely.

Is it necessary to hire a guide and porter for the trek?

While it’s not mandatory to hire a guide and porter, having them can enhance your trekking experience. A guide provides valuable local knowledge, and a porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to enjoy the trek without a heavy load.

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Ruby Valley Trek | Ganesh Himal